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There is a very special addition to the Christmas Garden at Butler House this year. Butler House is the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle and has always been associated with the Butler Family, Dukes and Earls of Ormonde who resided at Kilkenny Castle for 500 years. 18th Century House The house was home to Lady …

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Kilkenny writer Catherine Cronin is the third guest to submit her work in the Kilkenny Observer ‘Christmas short story series’. Enjoy. Do you know what the saddest thing is about being a ghost? It’s that you never get presents. Not for birthdays. Not for deathdays. Not even for Christmas! Young Finn thought about this a …

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As the main day approaches, Yulefest Kilkenny have got something special in store. Catch up with friends and family and find that perfect gift at the covid-safe outdoor events all through-out Christmas week. Come and celebrate Christmas in Kilkenny. The week in Kilkenny begins with a bang with a fireworks display over the iconic Kilkenny Castle on Sunday …

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Pangur Bán, one of Ireland’s mythical animals, who featured in what is thought to be one of Ireland’s oldest poems, written by an Irish monk in Austria in the 8th century, has become the latest addition to Kilkenny’s CatWalk, a trail of twenty two cats in the medieval Marble City. Having played a central role …

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Christmas has been part of all our lives as far back as we can remember. We can all remember the trepidation, the nervousness and that sleepless Christmas eve night waiting for the big man in the red coat to comes down that chimney, and leave under the tree that one thing you have always wished …

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In every household when Christmas eve is upon us the tradition of putting the candle in the window is something, we all remember. Pulling back the net curtains to light a ‘real candle’ with a flame that would put the heart crossways in the fire chief. So, what does this Celtic folklore tradition mean? The …

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In our continuing ‘Countdown to Christmas’ , The Kilkenny Observer is delighted to welcome Joe Kearney as our second contributor in our Christmas short story section. Enjoy by Joe Kearney I have a great love for old church interiors and sacred music. The seeds of this passion were sown in Callan. My grandmother was a …

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Play, learn, and have fun with the new Irish board game Top of the Class, set to be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year Two friends with strong Kilkenny links have launched an exciting new Irish board game, Top of the Class, ahead of the busy Christmas season. The game incorporates family fun and …

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Members of The Saturday Walkers group gathered on the green patch of ground at the intersection of St Rioch Street and Saint Francis Terrace The significance of a housing estate named Fr. Delahunty Terrace, a mere one hundred yards away becomes obvious. It was a cold Saturday morning. Scarves, woolly hats and gloves were the …

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